Rated5out of5bySMalikfromThe Ultimate JacketFirst off, let's get price out of the way. Sure it's very expensive, but Arc'teryx's quality and attention to detail is unsurpassed. Plus, when the storm clouds roll in and you're still on the mountain you want every bit of protection from the rain, wind, and snow, and this jacket offers it.
This jacket is amazingly durable. The 150D face fabric is thicker than others, but it will outlast any other jacket I have (all 50D or below). I've taken falls on rock in this jacket and not even the DWR coating was affected. Plus, the Gore Pro helps with durability as well.
The fit is amazing for me. I'm tall and lanky and wanted the Theta for the extra coverage. BEWARE OF SIZING! I wear a medium every jacket, including other Arc'teryx, but I had to go with a small with this one. The cut is expedition, so it fits wider than the standard Arc'teryx athletic cut to accommodate large loft down jackets and plenty of layers (this is an SV after all). However, there's a waist cinch in the hand pockets which lets you pull in the excess material and make the jacket fit more like the athletic fit (one of my favorite features!). I also love the coverage. The back comes down to the bottom of my butt and the front to the top of my thigh; perfect and unrestricting. The hood is great too, fits easily over a helmet, and cinches down very well with a 3-way adjustment (most jackets have a 2 way adjustment).
Color usually isn't important to me, it's about protection and features. But when I ordered the deep dusk, I loved it. Just like a dark night sky without the purple hue. Black with a tinge of navy blue. The color is awesome. I wish all the zippers were orange, it would make for a nice looking trim. But the zipper pulls being orange look pretty nice as a trim by themselves.
Finally, the jacket is totally bombproof and breathes quite well. Yes, we can debate forever how eVent breathes better, but hey, eVent is not guaranteed waterproof/windproof unlike this guy. The trade off in protection with this jacket is worth it. Plus, using this jacket in cold weather I don't have a problem with breathability anyways. And if I get too hot and start sweating too much, I just open the pit zips. Problem solved. I have never had a problem with condensation build up inside the jacket from sweating.
Overall, this jacket is a must have for the backcountry skier/boarder, mountaineer, or winter hiker. I wouldn't want to use this jacket in warmer temps as Gore Pro Shell is a bit heavy duty for that. For those sorts of temps, I'd opt for something much lighter like Gore Paclite. If you can afford this jacket, get it. It will not disappoint. plus, if you don't like it just return to REI and try something else.
Date published: 2012-10-26
Rated5out of5byBeau210fromTheta SVWanted a hardshell that could hold up to everything including Mesquite thorns. I have used this in the mountains, on research trips in thorns, climbing on granite etc. It has held up to it all. I was in the mountains with 80+ mph winds and couldn't feel a thing. Just took it out on a research trip to the big bend region and while it was pouring I stayed nice and dry. Nothing I repeat nothing could ever pierce this armor!
Date published: 2012-10-08
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